Remember when the San Antonio Spurs sent their top players home rather than play them against the Miami Heat? Thought you might. So does attorney Larry McGuinness. The lawyer has filed a class-action lawsuit against the team for purposefully engaging in deceptive trade practices.
Darren Rovell of ESPN says the lawsuit alleges the Spurs violated Florida's fair trade practices act by purposefully sending players home and not delivering the product fans expected to see. It seems to be a stretch, but McGuinness is contending that there were fans who suffered quantifiable economic damages.
The game, which was to be the highlight of the week for the NBA, took place back in November. Greg Popovich, the Spurs' head coach, was clearly frustrated with the league's scheduling as the Spurs were in the midst of a long road trip. Rather than play out the remainder of the road trip as normal, Popovich sent Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and Danny Green home. They were not present at the game against the Heat.
The move sparked outrage among some fans, and commissioner David Stern quickly fined the team for their actions.
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